Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, Mumbai
Tel: 91 22 2481 8000
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:The first Four Seasons in India is also, at 33 stories, the tallest hotel in the country. Its location in the up-and-coming Worli section, halfway between the airport and the heart of the action on Nariman Point (where the landmark Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is situated), conveniently splits traffic-choked traveling distances. Worli's makeover has a way to go yet, however, and hotel guests may be discomfited to see slum dwellings at their ultra-luxe doorstep. Exuberant abstract art in the lobby and elevators sets a modernist tone that melds with indeterminate pan-Asian touches to create a pleasant if slightly unremarkable ambience. The streamlined decor is better in the 202 spacious and luxurious guest rooms, whose cool contemporary design is enriched with luxurious locally inspired fabrics and ornate bed runners. Dine on fusion Asian at oh-so-now San-Qi, and have drinks and snacks on the outside pool deck adjoining the well-run two-story day spa.2009 Hot List
When to go: October through March for relatively temperate weather.
Which room to book: A Deluxe Seaview room gives you the famed sight of the sun setting over the Arabian Seabut also an infamous one of a slum; rooms on the executive floor and suites have a widened panorama including Mumbai's skyline and the racecourse.